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Shawnee Smith

Highest Rated:   90% Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Lowest Rated:   17% Saw IV (2007)
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Birthplace:   Orangeburg, South Carolina
Thesp Shawnee Smith's name might not be a household word, but her face will register with thousands of sci-fi and horror aficionados thanks to her supporting turns in the big-screen remakes of The Blob (1988) and Carnival of Souls (1998). Smith's recurring role as Amanda, a young woman tormented by the clown-like serial killer Jigsaw, in the popular Saw series, broadened her exposure, even as it threatened to further typecast her as a woman in peril and fix her reputation as a horror queen. Yet the actress's resume demonstrates far greater versatility than this, and it may surprise fans to discover that she claims several decades of credits in multiple genres.Born on July 3, 1970, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Smith debuted on the big screen at 11, as a dancer, in mogul Ray Stark's multimillion-dollar production of Annie (1982). A bit part in Michael Tuchner's acclaimed telemovie Not My Kid (1985) followed, at the age of fourteen; the picture drew solid Nielsen ratings and favorable critical responses, but Smith's only amounted to a bit part. She maintained greater visibility in the late eighties, with two significant roles: Rhonda Altobello in Carl Reiner's 1987 Mark Harmon-starrer Summer School. While most critics dismissed the film, it charmed a handful of others (such as Kevin Thomas and Rita Kempley) and did outstanding box office for a programmer, grossing several times its original budget. The very same could be said of Chuck Russell's 1988 remake The Blob, and then some: in addition to delighting nostalgia-hungry moviegoers (and some critics), it purportedly acquired a loyal following, becoming - in time - something of a cult film. Over the nineties and into the 2000s, Smith evinced a predilection for slightly deeper and more intelligent fare, but kept a somewhat low onscreen profile for several years, usually (though not always) with bit parts in lower budget indie dramas. Smith also appears in director Paul Quinn's Never Get Outta the Boat, which dramatizes the lives of several recovering addicts. She landed a regular role as Linda, a not-so-bright nurse's aide, on the 1998 CBS sitcom Becker, starring Ted Danson, and stuck with the series until it wrapped in 2004.When Smith's horror film quotient skyrocketed in the early 2000s (with the Saw role) it temporarily eclipsed her involvement in more substantial fare, even as her screen activity per se crescendoed. In the vein of earlier slasher film franchises, the initial Saw entry and its sequels did exemplary box office and obtained a rabid following; surprisingly, the pictures drew a favorable response in some critical quarters, as well.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Believe
  • Dr. Nancy Wells
$0.9M 2016
50% Grace Unplugged
  • Michelle Trey
$2.6M 2013
34% Jayne Mansfield's Car
  • Vicky Caldwell
$0.1M 2013
No Score Yet The Blob
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Kill Speed
  • Honey
2010
36% Saw VI
  • Amanda
$27.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Grudge 3
  • Dr. Sullivan
2009
17% Saw IV
  • Amanda
$63.3M 2007
28% Saw III
  • Amanda
$80.2M 2006
60% The Almost Guys
  • Bigger
2006
36% Saw II
  • Amanda
$87.1M 2005
40% The Island
  • Suzie
$35.9M 2005
48% Saw
  • Amanda
$55.1M 2004
No Score Yet Never Get Outta the Boat
  • Dawn
2002
No Score Yet Eat Your Heart Out
  • Actor
2000
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Bonnie MacMahon
1999
No Score Yet The Party Crashers
  • Carolyn
1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life
  • Faye-Jean Lindsay
1999
No Score Yet Dogtown
  • Tammy
1998
20% Wes Craven Presents: Carnival of Souls
  • Sandra Grant
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Redhead
1998
No Score Yet Men
  • Clara
1998
64% Female Perversions
  • Make-up Salesgirl
1997
No Score Yet Dead Men Can't Dance
  • Sgt. Addy Cooper
1997
No Score Yet Bombshell
  • Shelly
1997
No Score Yet Every Dog Has Its Day
  • Actor
1997
56% The Low Life
  • `Little Tramp' Woman
1996
No Score Yet Face of Evil
  • Jeanelle Polk
1996
90% Leaving Las Vegas
  • Biker Girl
1995
36% Desperate Hours
  • May Cornell
1990
30% Who's Harry Crumb?
  • Nikki Downing
1989
61% The Blob
  • Meg Penny
1988
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did (I Saw What You Did... and I Know Who You Are!)
  • Kim Fielding
1988
61% Summer School
  • Rhonda Altobello
1987
No Score Yet Not My Kid
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Crime of Innocence
  • Actor
1985
52% Annie
  • Dancer
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
21% Anger Management
2012
  • Jennifer Goodson Jennifer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2008-2013
  • Carrie
  • 2011
57% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Trudy
  • 2010
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Jesse O'Neil
  • 1994

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